Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president, has been elected the new president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress.
Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, a former trade union leader, led the historic negotiations in the 1990’s to end apartheid before launching a business career that made him one of South Africa’s wealthiest men.
President Jacob Zuma’s troubled leadership of Africa’s liberation movement has been put to an end.
He has been the best bet for getting the nation’s economy and unpredictable policy environment back on track. He himself has promised to tackle state capture and corruption, and prioritize economic growth‚ job creation‚ education and land reform.
In the end it was much closer than anyone predicted. Ramaphosa won by a couple hundred votes 2 440 to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s 2 261. But a win is a win.